Dorset's recycling rate is the best in the country, now we need to reduce the waste we produce. Every year in Dorset we throw away over 200,000 tonnes of household waste. With an increasing population the quantity of waste could double over the next 20 years. The majority of this waste ends up in landfill sites. As a county we have one of the best recycling rates in the country, recycling over a third of our household products. Therefore the amount of waste produced in the first places is the issue that needs to be dealt with. Authorities in Dorset have joined together and produced the ‘Joint Municipal Waste Management for Dorset’. This report is a guide on how waste is going to be dealt with over 25 years from 2008-2033. There are 10 policy objectives in this report. These include preventing further growth in municipal waste per head of the population by promoting waste reduction and reuse initiatives, achieve 60% recycling and composting, to promote waste awareness through coordinated public education and awareness campaigns. There are many groups in Dorset providing advice on waste for business e.g. SWWMG, households e.g. Dorset Reduction and Recycling and using resources efficiently and developing sustainable products e.g. WRAP.

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Repairing and Skills Sharing

Bournemouth Repair Cafe can help save you money and keep stuff out of landfill! By promoting repair, Transition Bournemouth want to help reduce mountains of waste.

Picking Litter and Raising Awareness

Dorset Devils are residents of Bournemouth and beyond, who love where they live but dislike the sight of litter and its effects on our community and environment, especially it’s wildlife and marine life.

Dorset Scrapstore believes in a world where manufacturing waste doesn’t go to landfill. Inspiring imaginations and saving £’s by providing our local community with affordable recycled craft making materials.

The Dorset Waste Partnership includes all seven Dorset councils except Bournemouth and Poole. We provide waste collection and disposal, street cleansing and recycling centres for residents living in this area.

Community recycling charity

We are a small charity and we run community recycling projects across Bournemouth and Poole. We are unique in that apart from the local Council’s for Voluntary Service, we are the only charity supporting many other voluntary sector organisations.

Reducing litter across Dorset

Linking up with volunteers and community groups throughout the county to reduce litter at source, before it becomes an issue.